Post # 1
My daughter has to go in next Friday for an MRI. I am a little worried- I know it’s not that big a deal, but since she is so young (19 months) she has to be placed under anesthesia, and of course, no parent prefers that, no matter how small the risk. I’m just wondering if any of yall have had children who have had to have MRIs at a young age and if so, what was your experience? Did your child seem fine afterward, or did the anesthesia leave any side effects?
Post # 3
My nephew has had to have several procedures where he was put under anesthesia; the first procedure he was about 10 months old, and his last one was just a few months ago at 5 years old. I know it’s hard for my sister every time he has to go under, even though he’s never reacted badly. When he was a baby, both times he had to go under anesthesia, the doctors allowed my sister to hold his hand and sit right next to him until he was completely out. Can you see if that’s an option with your doctors? It might make you and your daughter more comfortable if you are able to be right with her until the last minute she goes into the MRI.
Afterward, he is usually groggy for the rest of the day, and he usually goes to bed early that night. Otherwise, he is perfectly fine, and he’s never had any reaction to the medicine, whatsoever.
Post # 4
Oh, thanks! That’s good to hear. I’m hoping they will let us sit with her until it’s time for her to go in, but I imagine I won’t really know until we get there that morning to prep for the procedure. The practical side of me tells me not to worry and it’ll be fine but no parent wants to see their baby get put under anesthesia like that though. 🙁 But I feel a lot better that your nephew did fine even at a younger age than my daughter is. Is he very hungry when he wakes up? They did tell us she can’t eat after 5 am and her MRI is not scheduled until noon and they said we could be there 4-5 hours, which is 12 hours without eating!
Post # 5
It would kill me to see my daughter go through what my nephew has gone through, even though I’ve seen how well my nephew handles it; I completely understand.
I don’t really remember what happened for his first two procedures (at 10 and 22 months) because I was living like 12 hours away. But for 2 of his last 3 procedures (at 2.5, 4, and 5), I’ve actually been at the hospital when he woke up. He seems groggy, but fine. He also hasn’t been very hungry after waking up from anesthesia; he’ll eat some soup or a half a sandwich or something, but then he wants to just sleep. The next day, he’s always ravenous, though!
Maybe you can bring some of your daughter’s favorite comfort foods to the hospital in case she wakes up hungry? Does she still take a bottle or nurse? I think the hospital would probably allow a bottle or nursing at the very least, for a child that young.
Post # 6
I work with pediatric cancer patients and they are put under anesthesia all the time. Some of them are under every day for weeks at a time, if they’re getting radiation, for example. Ask your doctor for specific side effects or risks but remember that they are required to tell you everything that COULD happen, and it doesn’t mean that all of that will happen by any stretch of the imagination. The only things I hear about from parents are grogginess or crankiness after being under. While I know its anxiety-provoking, I’m sure your daughter will be just fine. 🙂
Post # 7
My son went under anesthesia at 6 months old and he didn’t have a bad reaction but it wasn’t pleasant. He woke up screaming and cried for quite a while. I tend to get agitated with any type of narcotics or sedatives so that could be why he reacted that way. It sucked but after an hour or so he was completely normal.